I just returned from an extraordinary two week trip to Asia. Last month, the top LASIK surgeon in Taiwan quit performing the procedure after noticing alarming complication rates in his patients several years later.
This month, another team of Chinese ophthalmologists reported that LASIK is not safe for military personnel. The report in the Chinese Journal of Traumatology concluded: “There is a high risk of potential flap problems after LASIK and it is not recommended in army service.”
Newly four years have elapsed since the FDA promised LASIK safety studies. For those who are tired of holding their breath, the recent news from Asia is not encouraging.